Good News – September 2020 Edition

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the world has seemed to turn upside down and our country has seemed to do the same as well. While students have been attending online school, the teachers and staff at Riverbend have found good in every situation during this strange time.
Recently Ms. Rose, Riverbend’s ISS Coordinator, has retired after 14 years at Riverbend. While being mindful of the social distancing regulations, Riverbend staff created a sign that was placed on her front porch to celebrate her retirement. A video was posted on the RHS twitter page in appreciation of Ms. Rose and the memories she has made at Riverbend. “Ms. Rose was always willing to give a helping hand to staff and students at all times. If it was something she didn’t know she would figure out a way, or as I would tease her when I was looking for something, “I know you know someone,” said Ms. Ansley. “She will be missed by everyone at the Bend.” Riverbend thanks Ms. Rose for all that she’s done and will miss seeing her around school this next year.
Currently, the Riverbend cafeteria staff is providing meals for students and others in the community during the pandemic. They are serving during the hours of 8am – 2pm and 4pm – 7pm every weekday. Around 300 meals are being distributed everyday to families in the area who need them. “Right now a lot of families need the help. It’s important we reach as many kids as we possibly can in the county just to make sure that they are getting the nutrition they need,” said Riverbend’s Cafeteria Supervisor, Ms. Craig. “We do realize that COVID took a lot of people’s jobs and this is a big help to many families…For me and my staff, it’s just about feeding the kids and making sure they have everything they need. It takes a lot of pressure off of their parents.” The cafeteria staff at Riverbend works hard everyday to feed students at Riverbend and within our community. Stop by, grab a meal, and thank them for all that they’ve done during the pandemic!
The county recently made the decisions to reopen schools and allow students the opportunity to learn through the hybrid curriculum. Many students are excited to come back to school and meet their teachers and classmates in person. When asked about teaching in an empty school everyday, Mrs. Keohane said, “It’s very strange, but teaching here is a lot more normal than teaching at my house which is why I choose to teach at school everyday.” Riverbend looks forward to seeing students come back this next quarter!
Even during this pandemic, the warm and caring hearts of our RHS staff are always willing to lend a hand to our community and are excited to see their students soon. It can be easy to focus on the negatives, but there is always good news to be told around Riverbend!